Reflecting on 2020

Wow what a year it has been – from starting my Senior year in high school to applying to one and only college – to graduating in a pandemic (deep breath). I was so excited for my Senior year. I was looking forward to my Senior dinner, my school trip to Germany with my friends, Senior Prom, and Graduating! 2020 was a year! I called my sister in Christ in July crying and so angry at God: why our class? I was born 2 months before September 11, 2001 and I am graduating in a pandemic and asking God why. What did I do to deserve this? She said “Listen, we are God’s Children. He is our father and when our parents are mad at us they put us in time-out and we needed this time-out.” I felt soo much better when she told me this. God doesn’t leave us – yes 2020 was a hard year, but it wasn’t soo bad. I spent soo much time in Maine – it’s my favorite place. Remember, God is our strength and He will never leave us! I never thought I would start my freshman year of college in a pandemic.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

What does Maine mean to me

If you know me you know I love this state more than my hometown 🤪. Growing up and being an only child I got to experience things differently because I was an only child. My mom spent all of her summers there and thats where I have spent all of mine. I love going to Maine I love the people, the beaches, local shops, and the food. When COVID happened in March I was very thankful that I got to go every weekend, my friends would call me “hey what you doing this weekend?” or “you want to go to the beach?” I would laugh and say “I don’t know I might go to Maine this weekend.” I never knew what the weekends would hold I never knew if I was heading to Maine on a random Tuesday or heading to Maine on a Saturday to go to the beach. I love exploring and going to new places. During my first semester of my freshman year of college we would talk about what we did over the weekend and my friends would laugh and say we don’t need to ask you what you did we saw your instagram story. My best friend who I met is from New York and she wanted to go Maine because of how much I talk, post about it. During the Summer and Fall between my aunt who was visiting from out West to friends of ours from church and to bringing my friends and going up with my cousins this past Christmas I would have to say I went up at least 100 times from March through December if not more. Every-time I post something I always #eastcoasting⚓️, When I get really stressed or I need to escape ME is my escape. every time we go up we always do something new and there is always a new adventure no trip is the same.

My typical summer day is: Wake up early (if you know me you know I am not an earlier morning riser but I will always get up early for ME), stop and get my Dunkin’ Coffee and my bagel, hit the road with some good tunes especially some Morgan Wallen and my country playlist, get to the house I will always go for a walk around our property and take photos and take in God’s Country. I love doing projects and every-time I go up I always have a project I want do or have an idea and I try and execute it.

I will work until lunch grab lunch and then I will sit on the floor(yes on the floor I love sitting on the floor of the porch and I will scroll through Pinterest(checkout my Pinterest here)and I will make a list of DIY Projects. My friend who lives up there she will stop by at the farm and we will hang out.

Around 3 or 4pm I will go to the beach and spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach. Fun fact I hated the beach when I was younger I just started liking the beach over the summer and I started going in the water! There’s this great restaurant near the beach that we go to and its also on the way out of leaving ME. There was one near our house that closed but when I was two months old it was the first restaurant I been to its called the weathervane it has everything seafood, meat, pasta, the best desserts.

If you want LOBSTER dinner with live music Mikes Lobster shack is the best

look at this LOBSTER
 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." -Psalm 16:11

Places to visit that are a must

Christmas Time 2020
  • Wells Beach is one of the best beaches in ME and personally my favorite it has the best rocks and the best waves ( I mean look at those waves).
summer of 2020
  • Another beach that I absolutely love is Ogunquit beach I am really blessed to be between these two beaches and I have options and if you know me you know I love options. (I love sunsets look at this gorgeous one.)
Summer 2020

Summer 2020
  • If you know me you know I love supporting local business some of my favorite shops are:
  • mainly-drizzle the best olive oil in Maine they have two locations Kennebunkport, and Ogunquit (you can check out their website here)
  • I love this clothing store in Perkins cove its a little expensive but it’s defiantly worth its called Aquinnah (you can check it out here)
  • My favorite candy store is called Yummies there is 10,000 Ibs worth of candy on display from old fashion fudge, jelly beans, gummy candy. I can’t leave without stocking up on some candy. You can order some and have them shipped to your door check them out

Meaning behind the name GracefullyGrace

Everyone has asked me the meaning behind it so I thought I should tell you. I knew I wanted my name in the blog title someway and then I realized what the name should be. There is a story behind it: growing up and through high school I was clumsy falling down stairs, walking into glass doors you name it happened. During my Junior and Senior year of High school I transferred schools from Public to Private I was at private school for my Junior and Senior year. I would fall down the stairs, hit my head on my bed fall in-front of my teachers. All of my friends joke with me that I didn’t live up to my name and they would threaten me for my birthday and Christmas that they would order me bubble wrap or the hamster wheel! My Senior year superlative was most likely to be hit by a bus because I was so accident prone! I love that there is a meaning for my blog and not a random name!

senior photo 2019